Reggie Johnson shown above, looks to have turned the corner and wants to continue his success for a different program.
Miami announced Thursday that sophomore guard Reggie Johnson has voluntarily left the program effective immediately. 6’1, 201 lb Johnson out of Chicago, Illinois, started 22 games as a freshman, averaging 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. As a sophomore, he's been averaging 11.8 points and 2.1 assists through nine games. Johnson, the team's second-leading scorer, has scored at least 21 points on three separate occasions this season, but also had five or fewer four different times. Johnson has appeared in all nine Miami games and started six. He was the RedHawks leading scorer in season opening losses to Notre Dame and Arizona State, scoring 22 and 24 points, respectively. The Miami Ohio guard is the eighth player to leave Miami since head coach John Cooper was hired. Johnson joins former RedHawks Brian Sullivan (Davidson), Jon Harris (Cleveland State), and Jared Tadlock (Fort Hays State) as players who transferred to another school. “It was a very difficult to make this decision because of my relationship with my teammates and the staff, but sometimes things just don’t work out and I realized that and decided to transfer,” said Johnson. Miami (Ohio) is 3-6 this season. The RedHawks play Southern Illinois at home on Sunday.ANALYSIS:
Johnson leaves as former Oregon guard Willie Moore becomes available. Moore, a native of Cincinnati, played for the Ducks last year but was given an NCAA waiver to play for Miami this year rather than sit out a season. Before he could play one game, however, the NCAA levied suspensions on several players from last year’s Oregon team. Moore has been serving that suspension and is eligible to return for this Saturday’s home game against Southern Illinois. The RedHawks have one more non-conference tilt after that (Jan. 4 vs UMass) before starting MAC play Jan. 8 at Central Michigan.